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The Perfect World Meets The Perfect Assassin
400 years into the future, disease has wiped out the majority of the world's population, except one walled city, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. When Æon Flux, the top operative in the underground 'Monican' rebellion, is sent on a mission to kill a government leader, she uncovers a world of secrets.
This is like a film that would be played, on mute, in the background during a party at your weird friend's house while he plays Ministry on a CD-R and some guy named Trevor talks about how he hates his job at Best Buy.
Logan's Run meets Zardoz with Charlize Theron kicking some major butt and somehow it still manages to be boring.
It looks great and has a very interesting premise (it also has a highly unexpected Pete Postlethwaite cameo!) but it's hamstrung by a terrible script, clumsy action editing, appalling techno music (it's an MTV movie! The score's not all bad though), it's too camp in places, the support acting is of the decidedly wooden variety and it has a main character called Trevor.
Sometimes when I'm reviewing a movie I'm resorting on saying that it puts "style over substance". "Aeon Flux" is a movie where that would be very much applicable if it actually had any substance. The story is run-of-the-mill distopian drivel, the acting is suprisingly bland with even Charlize Theron looking like she's reading from a teleprompter and the action is the worst combination of Matrix-style effects with excessive wirework that was possible. Yet I somewhat enjoyed watching it because of Charlize Theron at her sexiest with that dark emo haircut and wearing tight black spandex while doing cartwheels and staring into the distance. I guess what I'm trying to say is 1 star for the art direction and 1,5 stars for beautiful Charlize.
My friend Henry gave this to me, what a wonderful surprise, since like everybody else on the planet I missed it the first time round.
So in 2011 a virus kills everyone apart from some people who now live in some future city of something. A woman catches a bug with her eye lid. This is Aeon Flux, the holder of the Worst Character Name Ever Championship Belt until Cypher Raige came along. So Aeon Flux is all boooo the government are bad and her whole deal is she kills government people. Also she's Charlize Theron and her sister gets killed so she goes out for revenge I guess.
There's surveillance tech which is apparently some all seeing pool of…
Festival is done, back to watching shit.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I forgot how weird this movie was.
Like the giant peanut that lives in the DNA blimp.
Peter Chung's groundbreaking MTV animated series was a real head-trip; a bizarre mind-meld of Jean (Moebius) Gireau and Alejandro Jodorowski's acid-drenched visual sensibilities, combined with an almost entirely non-verbal narrative structure, and a gooey layer of kinky fetish applied liberally over the top. Watching it was like taking a queasy ride through an enigmatic amusement park of sensual overload.
So when I heard it was being made into a feature film a few years back, I was immediately concerned that Hollywood would ruin it. After all, they don't exactly have a stellar track record translating unique artistic visions onto the silver screen. Turns out that I was right to be distressed. The film version of Æon Flux is an utter…
OK... don't jump into conclusions seeing that everyone else gave low ratings... take seat back and read slowly!
First, a reminder: original Æon Flux was an avant-garde science fiction animated television series premiered in 1991 on MTV's Liquid Television experimental animation show as a six-part serial of short films, followed in 1992 by five individual short episodes. In 1995, a season of ten half-hour episodes aired as a stand-alone series, rated TV-MA. That was created by Korean American animator Peter Chung (also the man behind Phantom 2040, which used the same animation style as Æon Flux). This film is loosely based upon the series but it steel keeps that animated style (which seems it's very annoying for most of the…
Having never watched this, and having a recent thing for dystopian and superhero style movies, I decided to give it a go.
I actually enjoyed it. It was fun movie and the idea behind it was different to any of the other movies of similar type.
(I avoided Hari Kari by enjoying the RIFFTRAX version) A long drunken time ago, a friend and I used to commentate and mock late night music videos. This is virtually the same thing but on a much grander scale. It's also funny. This flick is so absurd and cheesey, it's a perfect fit! Someone was paid to come up with this. And they even thought it was a good idea.
This is an MTV production and it shows. With fast-paced action (also, slow motion), acrobatic tumbling, a lady with hands as feet, razor sharp grass, a fringe bikini worn as pajamas in bed. Very cyberpunk but not convincing.
This was on after Star Trek and I know what you are thinking: How could I watch this after the peak experience of Star Trek? I have seen this frequently enough to know how bad it is but it is still pretty cool particularly in parts.
I think the Aeon Flux on MTV was great and I do not know the history of how it went from the short cartoons to a full movie but I strongly feel that they would have been much better off following the formula of the cartoons with frenetic and unexplained activity appearing in apparently unconnected episodes. That would have made for a much stronger movie than what go made here with all of the explanation that was necessary to make the plot hold together as it does (sort of).
Back in 2005 there was a short little intoxication fad called "Inhaling Burning Plastic." It hit Hollywood in 2004, and only lasted about 5 months. As all fads do, they make their way around and a few filmmakers who were at the tail end of it were setting fire to plastic spoons and trying to get high while inhaling the smoke came up with the idea for this movie. They then made this movie while the burning-plastic fad was really washing up, and started inhaling spray paint, but not just any spray-paint, it had to be Krylon Blue. Well, anyways, this is the result.
This film is a mess of ideas that don't come together coherently - in all aspects of the film from story to production design to performance to photography and awful fx. I reached the end of the film and couldn't even bring to mind a memorable action sequence or moment from lead actress Charlize Theron. The animated series was something different and fascinating, whereas this was just a travesty.
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